Evered Film Nominated for Saturn Award

“A Thousand Cuts,” a psychological thriller feature film co-written by Charles Evered, noted playwright and  associate professor of theater; Eric Barr, professor of theater; and Marty James, actor-editor-producer, has been nominated for a Saturn Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films in the Best DVD/Blue Ray Release category.

The film is about a stranger with a haunted past who shows up at the home of Hollywood’s hottest horror director determined to teach him what real horror is all about.

Evered said he is thrilled about the film’s nomination. “When you consider the films we are nominated with all had budgets in the $14 million to $20 million range, and we shot this for a literal fraction of that and in 10 days, it’s really very rewarding.”

“’A Thousand Cuts’ isn’t the movie that many people expect,” Barr said. “Instead of a horror film, it’s a psychological thriller that examines the responsibility filmmakers have for the violence they put into their movies. …The nomination and the attention the movie is getting is a great way of acknowledging … the UCR Department of Theatre as a great place to study with an engaged and productive faculty.”

Winners will be announced in June.

Astronomer Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

Naveen Reddy, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has been awarded a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a philanthropic, nonprofit grant-making institution. He received $50,000 that will be used to further advance his research.

Reddy, who joined UCR in 2011, specializes in the physics of the early universe, and in extragalatic astronomy. He is especially interested in distant galaxies, their evolution in cosmic time, and the nature of heavy-element production in these galaxies. Currently, he is working on several projects aimed at understanding the history of star formation and buildup of stellar mass in the universe.

“It is a great honor to receive this award and the support of the Sloan Foundation for my research,” Reddy said. “This recognition will help expand my research group’s study of faint galaxies in the distant universe.”

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